Local Governance

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‘Together We Govern’

Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes.  It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.

Effective Governance is based on six key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of Governance.

The first two features are the core pillars of the Board’s role and purpose.  The second two are about the way in which Governance is organised, and the last two are about ensuring and improving the quality of Governance.

DfE Governance Handbook, March 2023


All Transform Schools have a local governance structure designed to meet the needs of the school.  The function of the LGB is:-

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; and
  • Strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders, such as parents, children and the local community.

Governance Framework and Models of Governance at Transform

To view this document, please click here.

Transform Support

We produce a range of documents to support our Governors in their work, this includes:

  • A simple summary and analysis of Governors skills to help plan training and development.
  • An annual planner – setting out the range of key tasks and dates.
  • An annual training offer which includes access to online training in a variety of subjects including safeguarding, GDPR, SEND, Finance, H&S etc.
  • Access to GovernorHub and membership to GovernorHub knowledge providing a suite of training, advice and resources to support Governors in their role.
  • Statutory policies and Trust documents checklist.

Governance Awards

We invite colleagues to nominate local Governors who they wish to have a special mention for their contribution to school.  Governors are then invited to come along and receive their special mention as part of our Children’s Awards held in both Nottingham & Derby.

Governance Showcase – Spotlight on Jackie Colley, March 2023

Please see short video showcasing governance at Edale Rise.

Governor Recruitment

Would you like to be a Governor at Transform? Please watch this this short video from the National Governance Association about the role and then contact our Governance Professionals at Governors@transformtrust.co.uk and we would be happy to talk through our vacancies and the role.

Governor Safeguarding Forum

We hold virtual termly Safeguarding Governor Briefings.  These briefings are a valuable forum for sharing updates and staying informed on all things Safeguarding, as well as providing an opportunity to update their knowledge and understanding of changes in policy and practice that impact their role in school.


Each year, or on appointment, we ask all Governors to complete a range of compliance documentation, this includes:

  • Their eligibility to become a school governor
  • To declare all interests – pecuniary, business, relationships, third party transactions
  • To sign and comply with our Code of Conduct

In addition, we ask all Governors to complete a review of their skills every two years to ensure that we have a varied skills base on each governing body and we can tailor appropriate training and development. To view our Register of Interests and governor attendance click here.

Governance Professionals at Transform

At Transform we value and invest in our Governance Professionals.  They provide an invaluable contribution to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of our different Governing Boards across Governance and Safeguarding.  Our Governance Professionals work closely and in partnership with our Trustees, Chairs, CEO and Headteachers to ensure they are focused on their core strategic priorities.  Our Governance Professionals provide expert advice and guidance on a range of statutory duties and other functions and deliver high quality administrative support that makes everything work smoothly.

What do Governance Professionals look like at Transform?
Click here to view Governance Professionals ‘on a page’

For more information/queries, please contact our Governance Professionals:

Ruth Palmer, Sarah Sayer & Mary Farmer at governors@transformtrust.co.uk or contact them at 0115 982 5090.

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